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The roots of CAMEL go as far as 1964, when the Latimer brothers Andrew and Bryan form part of a band called THE PHANTOM FOUR, after gaining some fame, the band changes their name to STRANGE BREW, a when the bass player Graham Cooper reaches the band. But things were about to change, Ian Latimer and Cooper leave the band and Doug Ferguson joins.

At this point drummer Andrew Ward joins the crew and the seeds were growing in this new Blues oriented band called simply THE BREW, and at last in 1971 with the arrival of keyboardist Peter Bardens CAMEL is officially born.

In their first period CAMEL releases four albums, the self titled debut, which was received with limited enthusiasm by the public, which lead to the change of label from MCA (Who didn't wanted to take risks) to Decca, with whom they stayed for 10 years.

Followed by "Mirage", Snow Goose" and "Moonmadness" (for many their essential trilogy), during the latest album tour, the saxophonist and flute player Mel Collins joins and leads CAMEL to a first radical change in the sound, as well as in the formation because Doug Ferguson is replaced by the Ex CARAVAN bass player Richard Sinclair.

With this formation CAMEL releases two albums, "Rain Dances and "Breathless", which marks for many the end of CAMEL'S golden era mainly because Pete Bardens leaves the band and the next release "I Can See Your House From Here" is considered inferior to the previous releases by the critic.

From this point the lineups constantly changes but the band still releases seven more albums received with different degrees of acceptance, until the last studio album "A Nod And a Wink" sees the light in 2002 (the same year Pete Bardens passes away) completing a large discography of 14 studio releases, 9 live albums, 7 DVD's and several box sets .

Maybe because their style is softer than most of the pioneer bands with atmospheric and light Space Rock overtones their fanbase is not as huge as the ones of the coetaneous and more aggressive bands such as GENESIS (Who in my opinion influenced CAMEL), YES or KING CRIMSON, but CAMEL is without doubt among the most respected groups, and the Latimer - Bardens duo is considered one of the most creative compositional teams.

If I had to choose one album from their prolific discography, my choice would be "Moonmadness" but others such as "Snow Goose" or "Mirage" are beloved by those who love good music.

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CAMEL discography


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CAMEL top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.94 | 901 ratings
Camel
1973
4.38 | 1802 ratings
Mirage
1974
4.27 | 1573 ratings
The Snow Goose
1975
4.38 | 1551 ratings
Moonmadness
1976
3.56 | 647 ratings
Rain Dances
1977
3.13 | 552 ratings
Breathless
1978
2.82 | 479 ratings
I Can See Your House From Here
1979
3.62 | 530 ratings
Nude
1981
2.55 | 337 ratings
The Single Factor
1982
3.36 | 493 ratings
Stationary Traveller
1984
3.65 | 356 ratings
Dust And Dreams
1991
3.73 | 426 ratings
Harbour Of Tears
1996
4.04 | 593 ratings
Rajaz
1999
3.96 | 503 ratings
A Nod And A Wink
2002
4.27 | 311 ratings
The Snow Goose (Re-recording)
2013

CAMEL Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.26 | 295 ratings
A Live Record
1978
3.28 | 120 ratings
Pressure Points
1984
3.60 | 83 ratings
Camel On The Road 1972
1992
4.44 | 121 ratings
Never Let Go
1993
2.32 | 50 ratings
Camel On The Road 1982
1994
3.26 | 46 ratings
Camel On The Road 1981
1997
4.30 | 97 ratings
Coming Of Age
1998
3.77 | 57 ratings
Camel 73 - 75 Gods of Light
2000
3.53 | 62 ratings
The Paris Collection
2001

CAMEL Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

2.59 | 33 ratings
Pressure Points - Live in Concert
1984
4.47 | 91 ratings
Coming Of Age (DVD)
1998
2.90 | 21 ratings
Curriculum Vitae
2003
3.77 | 40 ratings
Footage
2004
3.71 | 28 ratings
Footage II
2005
3.89 | 38 ratings
Total Pressure (DVD)
2007
3.91 | 49 ratings
Moondances
2007
4.24 | 68 ratings
The Opening Farewell - Live At The Catalyst (DVD)
2010
4.03 | 14 ratings
In From The Cold
2014

CAMEL Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

1.47 | 8 ratings
Chameleon (Best Of Camel)
1981
3.23 | 15 ratings
The Collection
1985
3.71 | 27 ratings
A Compact Compilation
1985
2.40 | 7 ratings
Landscapes
1991
3.43 | 44 ratings
Echoes
1993
2.09 | 8 ratings
Camel (25th Anniversary Compilation)
1997
3.97 | 34 ratings
Lunar Sea - An Anthology 1973-1985
2001
3.87 | 35 ratings
Rainbow's End - A Camel Anthology 1973 - 1985
2010

CAMEL Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.38 | 24 ratings
Never Let Go
1972
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Snow Goose
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Flight Of The Snow Goose
1975
4.32 | 22 ratings
Another Night
1976
3.40 | 11 ratings
Highways of the Sun
1977
0.00 | 0 ratings
Breathless
1978
0.00 | 0 ratings
Your Love Is Stranger Than Mine
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
Lies
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
No Easy Answer
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
Selva
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
Cloak And Dagger Man
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
Long Goodbyes
1984
5.00 | 1 ratings
Captured
1986
4.68 | 19 ratings
Never Let Go
2002

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 Rajaz by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.04 | 593 ratings

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Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
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3 stars CAMEL is one of those bands that I really dig the classic period but kind of gave up after "Moonmadness" simply because there are so many more exciting progressive rock acts to be found. After spotting RAJAZ at my local used music store I was memorized like a desert chimera since the album cover is ever so appealing and it is after all the highest rated album from this band since their classic period. OK I hadda check em out. So I did.

What surprises me about this album is that it doesn't really sound anything like classic CAMEL. This is in no way a symphonic progressive album that has a continuous feel from beginning to end. These tracks are all independent from each other and despite the name of the album and imagery of the artwork there is not really a Saharan desert feel or anything even close to an Arab or Middle Eastern feel to this album.

In fact I would say that this Andrew Latimer guitar oriented album falls into the camp of influence worship. To me I hear an obvious Floydian guitar frenzy dominating the soundscape but also some of the tracks are more of a Moody Blues song structure especially of their classic album "Days Of Future Passed." There is also an air of a Roger Waters or David Gilmour solo album going on here. It also borders on the ever so relaxing genre of elevator music. There is just enough going on here to warrant a 3 star rating. I find certain parts of this album quite satisfying but overall it gets dragged down a bit by the incessant need to relax and copy rather than innovating. CAMEL has always been a chill prog band and this takes that to a new level and that is certainly not the problem here. It's just that there seems to be more influence than creativity. A decent listen nonetheless.

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 Moonmadness by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.38 | 1551 ratings

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Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
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4 stars By mid-70's Camel were reaching their peak in terms of popularity.The band was voted as ''The Brightest Hope'' in a Melody Maker poll, followed by a monumental presentation of ''The Snow Goose'' in October 75' at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with the London Symphony Orchestra.Next album finds the band collaborating with producer Rhett Davis at the Basing Street Studios in London.''Moonmadness'' was somewhat of a concept album, where individual tracks refered to the individual band members with the lyrics becoming again part of Camel's music structures.It was released in 1976 on Decca.

With each new album Camel were getting closer and closer to a jazzier sound and ''Moonmadness'' was no exception with the band flirting more than ever with the Canterbury sound.Soundwise this was definitely one of the most, if not the most, energetic albums produced by the classic line-up of Latimer/Ward/Bardens/Ferguson.With a deep sense for melodic interplays and more complex instrumentals Camel fused elements of Classical, Canterbury Fusion and Jazz in equal doses to deliver a fantastic work, filled with tremendous keyboard parts, genuine guitar moves and some impressive solos on keyboards and guitars, supported by the flawless rhythm section.As a result the music can become very rich at moments with furious battles between organ and guitar, while a number of breaks lead to more mellow themes with a slight psychedelic touch of the past.The symphonic elements are still present (melodic flute parts, atmospheric synths and sentimental guitar lines), albeit more refined and discreet, and the increase of jazzy rhythms and loose soloing (via the Canterbury-styled keyboards and electric piano) eventually offers a unique combination between smooth arrangements and dense instrumental activity, while the addition of vocals is rather preferable compared to the previous album due the emotional voices of Latimer and Ferguson.However the album is mostly instrumental and the band's inspiration is absolutely fantastic at this point of career with some of the best music ideas they ever recorded.

A classic of the mid-70's.Pronounced synthesizers, unique guitar touches and old-styled keyboards complete a work, where Rock, Classical and Jazz Music meet in a fascinating way.Not much more to add, this is at least a highly recommended album from the endless British Prog scene.

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 In From The Cold by CAMEL album cover DVD/Video, 2014
4.03 | 14 ratings

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Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by friso
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4 stars Camel - In from the Cold DVD (2014)

I saw a gig of this tour in Groningen and I must say it was one of the best rockconcerts I ever saw, right up with Magma and Iron Maiden (in 2004). I've been playing the electric guitar for 12 years now, but that evening forced me to rethink what a guitar actually is. The band received a warmest of welcomes by the Dutch crowd and every note played was just perfect.

Watching this dvd I must admit I was at first a bit dissapointed. Andy Latimer is bit sick and has troubles with his vocals, moreover his playing on the first set is way less accurate then what I witnessed live. But arrangements for a dvd recording can't easily be changed I guess. The mixing of 'The last Farewell' had given the band a heavier feel with more bass and drums, this dvd sound milder - more like the 'Coming of Age' dvd.

Having said that, the dvd is still very good! The first set is an integral version of The Snow Goose with some minor rearrangements, the second set is a walk through the extensive carrere of the band. Tracks like 'Song within a Song', 'Echoes' (a brilliant track that got lost on the otherwise mediocre Breathless album), 'Watching the Bobbins' (this track sounded sooo good live!) and 'Lady Fantasy' are great to hear. The photography fits the music, easy going and focussed on the musicians that take the lead.

Conclusion. A great dvd for fans of the band, but like 'The Opening Farewell' is doesn't come without its defects.To be honest, I think theis recent reincarnation of the band still deserves its definite live footage. Still, what band of the classic prog era can produce anything better? I though so.Three and a halve stars for this one. I will most certainly go and see them again if possible.

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 Pressure Points by CAMEL album cover Live, 1984
3.28 | 120 ratings

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Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by friso
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3 stars Camel - Pressure points (1984) (live)

Now here we have a largely ignored live recording from Camel in the eighties. Andy Latimer is by this time already joined by Colin Bass (bass, vocals), who is still in the band today. On keyboards Ton Scherpenzeel of Kayak fame (Dutch melodic symphonic prog you should check out!). We also get to hear some sax-playing from Mel Collins (King Crimson, APP, Caravan, Camel, etc.)

I guess the reason for the low ratings for this live record it short runningtime, its eighties sound, the track listing and its lack to be as amazing as 'A Live Record', 'Coming of Age' and others. As a vinyl collector the record opens up the possibility to listen to a later era Camel with a sound that is actually little different from how the band would sound in the 21th century.

'Pressure Points' is a highligst, an adventerious instrumental with some furious guitar playing. The tracks from 'Nude' all sound brilliant, with the addition of the symphonic blues rock track 'Lies' being one of my favorite - it's guitar nirvana. I also like the light, yet progressive instrumental track 'Sasquatch'. On side two some poppier tracks from the 'Stationary Traveller' era don't live up to the rest of the material. Furthermore, the addition of 'Rhayadar' and 'Rhayadar goed to town' isn't that refreshing - though I must say the eighties have given these favored tracks a new vibe.

Conclusion. Camel is one of the greatest symphonic progressive rock bands and the fact remains that first side of this record is like really good and the second side isn't bad at all. Recommended to listeneres of vinyl, for others this record perhaps isn't among the first ten Camel records I would recommend to you. Three and halve for this one.

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 Pressure Points by CAMEL album cover Live, 1984
3.28 | 120 ratings

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Pressure Points
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Just realized that I have not reviewed this legendary live album by Camel. It just happened last night when I played the cassette version of this album and amazed, again, on the music played by Camel throughout this record which I think it's much more dynamic than any song featured here performed at studio. It happened also not by intention that I played this cassette which I purchased at Yess records in Bandung, West Java sometime in November 1984. It's because on the present days I tried to play all cassette collection that I collected since 70s and 80s during the heydey of progressive rock so that finally I got this album. And when I checked with progarchives I then realized that I have not said anything about this album.

As far as content, I am quite happy with the tracklist capturing their famous tracks like West Berlin, Lies, Rhayader etc. But I am quite disappointed as I found there is no Lady Fantasy captured here. I am very happy with the overall performance of the band as this is is much better and much dynamic as compared to studio version. The music is really alive and the vibe is really good. No wonder this is a very good one because the musicians on top of Andy Latimer (the permanent member of the band) are great with Colin Bass, Ton Scherpenzeel (of Kayak fame) on lead keyboards, Chris Rainbow on vocal & keyboards and the famous sax player in prog music: Mel Collins. It quite entertaining this live record as the music is heavily dominated with keyboard as well as guitar solo almost in all tracks performed. For me personally, I like the fact that these tracks are featured on a right sequence: West Berlin (5:19) - Fingertips (4:48) - Wait (4:28) - Rhayader (2:29) - Rhayader Goes To Town (6:05). The sequels sounds like a concept album to my ears as they flow like one single song with a long duration.

Overall, it's really a very good and enjoyable live record. Keep on proggin' ...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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 Mirage by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.38 | 1802 ratings

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Mirage
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by FragileKings

5 stars Camel was one of those bands, along with Gentle Giant and Van der Graaf Generator, that seemed like classic prog bands worthy of getting into. But, like the other two, it took me a few listens of samples before I found a song that really captured my musical taste. After purchasing and quite liking "Moonmadness", I left Camel alone for a while. Then one day I saw a song off their debut included in a heavy rock of the early seventies playlist on YouTube and I thought I might want to check out their older material. That brought me to "Mirage", and while it may not have anything that qualifies as true early seventies heavy rock, it is quite an impressive album.

It opens with the very exciting, at times tension-filled rocker, "Freefall". Organ and guitar solos, rhythm changes, light and hard passages. A surprise after the softer "Moonmadness".

"Supertwister" begins with a slow flute-led intro and soon changes to an up-beat, odd time signature piece with Camel showing off their ability to play interesting instrumentals with many rhythm and melody changes. The flute takes the lead throughout this slightly jazz- influenced number.

"Nimrodel / The Procession / The White Rider" is about Gandalf of Tolkien's books. After a kind of spacey intro we here horns and fanfare, cheering. Then the main song commences, slow and mellow with Mellotron, a hint of Renaissance melody, and flute before the song abruptly changes gears for a snarling organ solo followed by synthesizer, and then guitar brings the instrumental segment home and with a cymbal crash we return to the main song once more. The conclusion is an exciting cosmic instrumental with an eerie, forbidding baseline, delayed guitar effects and an intense guitar solo with equally intense drumming. This is my favourite part of the whole album.

"Earthrise", is introduced with tinkling percussion and a haunting wind, soon joined by guitar and organ. Presently, the music picks up pace and establishes itself as what is now to be understood as the signature sound of classic Camel. A well-composed and executed instrumental with many changes in tempo, time signature, and melody. And just listen to that high-speed bass playing during the main solo sequence. Great progressive rock from the seventies!

The last track already and over 12 minutes, "Lady Fantasy: Encounter / Smiles for You / Lady Fantasy" begins with an almost heavy metal intro. Exchange the keyboard notes for electric guitar and you'd be in proto-metal territory. No worries if that's not your bag. The main song comes in nice and mellow but not really slow and features a scratchy, psychedelic guitar solo with some wonderful backing music on organ, bass, and drums. Then, true to every track on the album so far, we change gears and go to an almost funky, up beat instrumental bit for electric guitar. Camel exhibit a wonderful knack for combining psychedelic rock with jazz and funk. But before I can even finish typing that thought, we are back to the slower main melody and a keyboard solo, then wind down gently with electric guitar.

I guess this is where the final Lady Fantasy part begins because a new melody is introduced with soft electric guitar, acoustic picking, and another haunting keyboard theme. "Saw you riding on a moon cloud / Saw you walking on a whirlpool" when the words "My Lady Fantasy, I love you," are proclaimed the musicians, almost restlessly, stir back into a furious rocker for the organ instrumental, and once again flip the switch for the closing of the song and take us out with the slower main guitar melody.

I simply cannot find fault with this album, unless someone wants to nitpick about the lyrics. I don't. The music is simply fantastic. It's not just blazing instrumentals but abrupt and often unanticipated changes, beautiful melodies contrasted by intense instrumental workouts, jazz-flavoured moments in one track and vivaciously kicking psychedelic guitar in another. I don't expect to find a Camel album as enjoyable as Mirage, though "The Snow Goose" just arrived in the mail today, so we'll see about that one. A firm five stars for "Mirage".

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 The Snow Goose (Re-recording) by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.27 | 311 ratings

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The Snow Goose (Re-recording)
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by ProggyDon

4 stars I love Camel - I've seen them live sooo many times and have always come away from gigs with a huge grin on my face, loving the fact that they still exist. Of course over the last couple of years gigs have been a bit sparse due to Andy Latimer's illness, so the rerecording and subsequent tour to promote the Snow Goose was welcome indeed. Except: I can't help thinking that a new recording of a classic album is a bit pointless. If there were real flaws in the original I could understand it, but the fact is that the (original) Snow Goose was (is) a masterpiece - writing, performance and production.

This new recording is great naturally, and the new /extended bits are interesting, but at the same time slightly annoying. Like I said, I love Camel and really want to support everything they do, but they're messing with a part of my own personal history here and it feels wrong, and a bit sad. I know, I should just play the first version and stick to that.

After a lot of consideration I've gone for 4 stars, just because the original material is so good, and so this is great material as well, naturally. But, please Andy, leave Moonmadness alone.

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 Moondances by CAMEL album cover DVD/Video, 2007
3.91 | 49 ratings

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Moondances
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Matti
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4 stars CAMEL is one of my oldest prog favourites, I found them as a teenager shortly after Genesis, Yes and other essential bands. Well, isn't Camel essential too, easily among the Top Ten of the 70's British prog groups? That said, it feels funny that I have never before seen any live material. This DVD I borrowed from my friend.

The first set (roughly 50 minutes, I presume) is from Hammersmith Odeon, April 1976, featuring two tracks from the albums Mirage, Snow Goose and Moonmadness. The choices are pretty good, except that Snow Goose's 'Preparation' is a bit overlong interlude before the effective 'Dunkirk'. The emphasis is on the soaring instrumentality in the classic Camel spirit, and the tight, dark mooded song 'Another Night' fits perfectly to the set, followed by the wonderful 'Lady Fantasy' from Mirage. The sound quality is OK, but the picture is quite shady and dark, concentrating on the musicians at close range.

The Hippodrome concert from September '77 feels fresher and brighter in every way. Bassist Doug Ferguson is replaced by Richard Sinclair who also handles most of the vocals. I have always appreciated his clear and elegant singing (for example in CARAVAN's In the Land of Grey and Pink) which is actually just like a better version of Andy Latimer's voice. The then new album Rain Dances forms the majority of that gig. It's one of my Camel favourites; the group really updated their sound with the additions of Sinclair and saxophonist-flutist Mel Collins, and with the increase of Canterbury-like jazziness. Earlier albums are represented too. 'Rhayader / Rhayader Goes to Town' is much better excerpt from Snow Goose, benefitting from two flutes.

The reappearance of 'Lunar Sea' doesn't bother me at all: one can compare the two versions. For me this line-up is much more competent. Again the show doesn't have any visual spicing up, but to see the quintet playing this great music live is more than enough. The music's all that matters. And the debut album's highlight 'Never Let Go' is like tailored for this line-up!

As bonuses one gets two rare tracks: Autumn (1974) and Riverman (1975) with a slide show of early band/album/poster photos. Neither of them I had heard before - how come?!? I only know that the latter was the sole recording from the cancelled project inspired by Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha ; Camel chose Paul Gallico's The Snow Goose instead of Siddhartha or Steppenwolf. Both songs were good in their melodic peacefulness. Also the slide show is very nice extra.

Of course I'd like to see more Camel DVD's but I can definitely recommend this one to all fans.

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 Harbour Of Tears by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.73 | 426 ratings

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Harbour Of Tears
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

3 stars In 1991, after a seven year hiatus, Camel regrouped and returned with a fine comeback album, "Dust And Dreams", based on the joyful and happy escapades of tenant farmers of the Oklahoma dust bowl during the Great Depression, as depicted in John Steinbeck's "The Grapes Of Wrath". In 1995, Andrew Latimer followed that up with the equally uplifting "Harbour Of Tears", loosely based, I think on the Tom Cruise movie, "Coming To America", where Cruise and Eddie Murphy escape from 1890s Ireland, to become fighters and employees in a fast food restaurant, while Nicole Kidman and Arsenio Hall watch..

I am no big fan of Irish music, despite a fair amount of Celtic heritage. However, Latimer and his crew do a nice job of blending traditional Irish folk motifs into the well known Camel light symphonic style. While none of the music will blow you away, it is still far and away (see what I did there?) better that the majority of the pop drivel this band had been releasing before their break.

The absolute best moment is Coming Of Age, that let's you know in no uncertain terms that Camel is still a prog rock force. The low point is the long, unnecessary surf noises tacked on to the last track the same statement could have been made with only about a minute of the sound effects.

In all, this is a good album, about 3.5 stars.

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 Dust And Dreams by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.65 | 356 ratings

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Dust And Dreams
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

4 stars After disappearing for the second half of the dismal 1980s, Camel reappeared with this album, inspired by that book most of us in the United States had to read in school, John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath". And while I don't think the music captues the the imagery of the book, as a prog album, this is one of Camel's finest.

The first half comes closest to what Andrew Latimer and the band seemed to be attempting to accomplish. It it a series of brooding rock pieces (mostly sounding like that bastion of Americana, Dire Straits), symphonic themed interludes, and just a but of that old Camel light prog fusion. It all is well written and performed, but had the album continued in the same way, it would not be as great as it actually turned out.

Beginning with Storm Clouds, we are suddenly treated to a suite of short pieces, climaxing in the wonderful Hopeless Anger, that rank with some of the best of Camel's music to date. The orchestral synth arrangements are lush and sweeping, the fusion based tracks are complex and sometimes energetic, the indiviual tracks blend seamlessly. I find I cannot stop repeated listenings of this haf of the album.

Welcome back, Camel.

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